George Frederic Watts (1817 - 1904):
'All the air a solemn stillness holds'
A915; oil on panel; 34 x 38 cm.
Prov: Mrs Michael Chapman, the artist's adopted daughter.
Bequeathed by Archibald G.B. Russell, C.V.O., 1958; WA1958.57.9.
This was painted in 1863-4 and depicts part of the grounds of Watts's residence, Little Holland House, in London. The title is taken from Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Watts painted a second version in 1868, replacing the knight with a labourer. The first version was greatly admired by John Ruskin.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.